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Veterans' tribute at school restored

Names listed, honoured at Daniel McIntyre

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The funds for the revamped memorial alcove at Daniel McIntyre came from alumni and Veterans Affairs.

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Heads up, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate students -- go down to the east hallway, stop at the stained glass window, look, and reflect quietly.

And read the names of 2,425 Daniel Mac students who were just as young and innocent and full of hopes and dreams as you are when they left the school to enlist in the First and Second World Wars.

Especially reflect on the names of those who didn't come back.

It's taken more than two years, but the high school's alumni have celebrated Daniel Mac's 90th anniversary at its Alverstone Avenue location by restoring and refurbishing the memorial alcove first opened in 1958.

"The memorial alcove has been there for a long time. It was in need of a lot of work to bring it back to life," alumni president Doug Sargeant said prior to a ceremony that included the families of some of the men whose names are found in the alcove.

Retired principal Gilles Beaumont inspired the project, said Sargeant, and federal Veterans Affairs and alumni donors funded the work.

"Leo Mol did that stained glass window for it. We backlit it," Sargeant pointed out.

"We updated as many names as we could find. There were names we didn't have. The scrolls are very brittle."

The memorial alcove includes the scrolls, bronze plaques and the stained glass window. New flooring and display cases have also been installed.

Go into Winnipeg's oldest schools, some of which were high schools decades ago, and chances are there's a wall that honours the school's veterans. Some, such as Isaac Newton Junior High, have photos of the men who died in the wars.

At Daniel Mac, the names of those who died in the wars are noted, but everyone who served is included. Sargeant did not think any were women.

"There are some veterans who are still alive, but, unfortunately, they're not able to come," he said.

Sargeant pointed out Daniel Mac's students come from widely diverse backgrounds, and some may not be familiar with Canada's role in the two world wars.

If he was standing in the front of the memorial alcove when students gather, Sargeant said, he'd tell them, "This is why you're here."

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 11, 2013 B4

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